"This is something near and dear to my heart and anything I can do to raise awareness for vaccinations – and helping parents to really understand the value – is huge to me," Arnold told PEOPLE

By Ale Russian
August 09, 2016 09:00 AM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and The Little Couple‘s Dr. Jennifer Arnold is making sure she uses her voice for good.

“I’m very excited because as a pediatrician and a neonatologist, this is something near and dear to my heart. Anything I can do to raise awareness for vaccinations – and helping parents to really understand the value – is huge to me,” Arnold exclusively told PEOPLE.

The TLC reality star is partnering with Pfizer to kick off the VacciNation program aimed at providing parents the information they need to make the best health decisions for their babies.

As a parent, Arnold believes it’s important to not only celebrate the big milestones – like the first steps and first bike ride – but also smaller moments that are equally important.

“I hope to bring awareness so that everyone thinks about vaccination as one of those important milestones for their child’s life that ultimately is going to help them have the best healthy beginning and childhood,” Arnold said about the importance of vaccinations.

She also reflected on how important vaccinations have been in her own life for her two children, Zoey and Will. She adopted both with husband Bill Klein and made sure they immediately had the immunizations they were not able to get in their birth countries.

“One of the very first things we did when we brought them home was go to the pediatrician. We went over their immunization records and we talked with the international adoption pediatrician so we could catch them up,” Arnold revealed.

“Where they came from, immunizations were not a given and not always an option,” she continued. “You realize how precious those things are when they’re not always available to you.”

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